Thank you so much for nominating A BRIDE FOR PRINCE PAUL. I had fun writing this story and hope you enjoyed reading the excerpt posted on Kindle Scout. My book was published two days ago on Amazon. It’s on sale for the 4th of July week and will go up to regular price at the end of next week.
Kindle Scout approved my submission on May 11 and posted the book cover, blurb (500 characters), a one-line teaser (45 characters) a short bio (500 characters with 4 social links), and three questions/answers (300 characters).
Blurb: To please his dying grandfather and protect his country’s autonomy, Prince Paul of Rensy Island must marry an American doctor, descendant of a Rensian princess. Paul, a confirmed bachelor, agrees to meet Amy incognito during her vacation in Paris. Although her career and ex-boyfriend are major interferences, attraction sizzles between Amy and her driver, but the rumor of her engagement to Prince Paul outrages her. Can he convince her that he loves her, in spite of his lies by omission?
One line teaser: She can’t abandon her patients for his crown!
My three questions:
1-What is the inspiration for the story?
While cruising the British Isles, I visited Guernsey, in the English Channel. This quaint island with special privileges and autonomy became the setting of my new story, Rensy Island. The prince’s romance was inspired by Prince William and Kate’s, but my heroine is a dedicated American doctor.
2-When did you decide to become a writer?
Storytelling must have been in my genes. My father, a writer, gave me books for Christmas or birthdays. During the summer vacations, I read a book every day. But I became a chemist! Burnt-out by long hours at work, I quit a successful scientific career to fulfill my dream of writing romance novels.
3-This book is part of a series, tell us about the series.
Prince Paul, our hero, has a brother and two sisters. Each will have a story. Charlene falls in love with the ex-boyfriend of Paul’s wife, Amy. A man that her brother can’t stand. Scott is an excellent doctor and Amy called him to save her baby, but Charlene wonders if he’s over his love for Amy.
My experience at Kindle Scout:
Kindle Scout encouraged me to promote my book daily in order to receive as many nominations as possible, during my month on Kindle Scout, from May 11 to June 10.
From day one, I prepared a list of promotions and a schedule, making sure that I would send emails, share on Facebook, tweet, blog, message on FB, send my own newsletter, participate in multi-authors newsletters, boost post on FB, use free promo, announce it on every loop, email friends and relative, and post about it during Facebook events. Wherever I went I ask people to nominate my book–hairdresser, doctor, podiatrist, supermarket, neighbors,… I was impressed by the eagerness of people to help.
A BRIDE FOR PRINCE PAUL remained ‘Hot and Trending’ every single day for a month. I received 4,394 page views thanks to your help and support. Kindle Scout updated my statistic daily at 5:30 a.m. For 30 days, I jumped out of bed at 5:45 a.m. to go check my KS page. You can see the statistics posted by Kindle Scout here.
Unfortunately, Kindle Press did not select my book for publication. Kindle Scout has 15 days to notify the nominee and say Ay or Nay. They sent me their “rejection” email after 14 days.
Was the experience productive and useful?
Yes, productive although I was not selected, because Kindle Scout sent the book link on Amazon to 4,394 people!!! A huge promo in itself.
Yes, very useful because I learned that if I did the same promotion for every book I publish, I would have no problem selling!
Would I submit another book to Kindle Scout?
Not. After carefully studying the selected books, I noticed they mainly select paranormal and young adult stories! I also heard that submissions with as little as 900 page views were selected, the average number of page views being between 2,500 and 3,500.
A BRIDE FOR PRINCE PAUL is available at Amazon. I hope you will enjoy reading the story of Prince Paul and Dr. Amy as they meet in Paris, enjoy a dream vacation in this amazing capital, and face a bitter reality in Rensy Island.
She can’t abandon her patients for his crown!!!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, writes all the time, at home in Florida, when she babysits or waits for her grandchildren at gym, karate, piano or cheer-leading and even when she’s in vacation. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are inspired by the people around her, and set in the fascinating places she visits during her endless traveling. Mona received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She’s a winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; and from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll.